Leadership Quotes

Leadership Quotes

In South Africa as in the rest of the world, leadership quotes are often an excellent source of information for managers who want to improve their managerial and leadership skills. These quotes can also be a form of inspiration and a positive “mantra” .


While one can use leadership quotes to understand basic leadership traits and qualities, another source of acquiring leadership skills is through training courses including:

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Leadership quotes

Leadership Quotes – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has left a legacy of inspirational leadership quotes that very few can replicate. These include:

  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
  • “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.  Part of being an optimist is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”
  • “There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.  That way lies defeat and death.”
  • “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Leadership Quotes – Jack Welch

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electrics, is a great leader and source of inspiration  inspiration:

  • “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”
  •  “Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will”
  •  “When you were made a leader you weren’t given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.”
  •  “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”
  •  “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”
  •  “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them.”

Leadership Quotes – Abraham Lincoln

  • “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is going forward with the face of fear.”
  • “With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”
  • “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.”
  • “Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
  • “The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”
  •  “Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.
  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”

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